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Fort Worth Spends $2.6 Million to Revitalize Stop Six

One-year pilot project coming to an end

A year-long push to revitalize the Stop Six neighborhood in Fort Worth has brought many improvements to the area, but much work remains to be done, city leaders say.

For the past year, the city has poured $1.6 million into everything from street improvements to new sidewalks to the area, generally east of Miller Avenue and south of Rosedale Avenue.

It was part of a pilot project known as the Neighborhood Improvement Fund.

"I feel good about my neighborhood," said longtime resident Virginia Gaither. "I'm comfortable."

Fort Worth Neighbborhood Services Director Aubrey Thagard is in charge of the work.

"Really, it's all about cleaning up the area and making it safer, more attractive, and making people to feel a greater sense of pride about the community there," he said.

On Thursday, Thagard took developers and investors on a bus tour of Stop Six.

City Councilwoman Gyna Bivens and others are pushing development in the area.

"I think in the coming years it will pay off, because there are going to be those willing to come into the area, and they're looking to invest now," Thagard said.

Still, Stop Six faces clear challenges.

Poverty is widespread, and unemployment is two-and-a-half times what it is in other parts of the city.

"I think they're doing a good job," Gather said. "It takes a little time. But I think they'll do better."

The city will choose another neighborhood to focus on next budget year. That announcement is expected in November.

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